Brown Butter Cream Sauce

Hi friends! Before I share today’s recipe, I thought I would share a little bit about why I started this blog. I actually started my first blog in college when I started cooking for myself for the first time. I had a lot of fun trying out new recipes and cooking for my friends – including my now hubby! Maybe it was my cooking that actually won him over? I don’t claim to be a blogging expert (I am still trying to figure it out), but back then I had zero clue about blogging. I didn’t know anyone who had a blog and I didn’t follow any blogs. I just liked to cook and wanted to share my excitement for cooking somewhere. If I knew blogging and social media would become a huge industry I probably would have focused on my blog much sooner. Let’s face it, back then I had tons of free time (even if I didn’t realize it).

After college I started my gluten-free journey and thought my blog would be the perfect place to share my experience. I eventually decided to switch from Blogspot to WordPress.com (not realizing it was different from WordPress.org) and later created a second then a third blog. When you start a blog, you can blog about anything you want because it’s your space. For someone like me who is in a profession that requires close to zero creativity, a blog is a great way to actually be creative. I dabbled in some beauty blogging as I was on the search for a good skincare routine and had a few outfit posts, but I quickly learned that it’s important for your blog to have a focus in order to build a consistent following. Although I have posts about other topics from time to time, I’ve decided to focus on what I enjoy most…cooking! I’m not even sure my mom reads all of my blogs, so if you’re reading this, THANK YOU!

Now on to today’s recipe…

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For Valentine’s Day I made this pasta dish inspired by a cooking class I took at Sur la Table. As I have mentioned in previous posts and on Instagram, I love to use a recipe or photo as my inspiration and create my own dish. The dish I made at Sur la Table was delicious, but super rich and creamy. That dish is a bit heavy to make on a regular basis, so I thought I would try to create something similar, but a bit lighter. This dinner turned out great. I especially love the flavor of the fresh sage! I haven’t cooked with sage much, but now I can’t get enough. I served this sauce with my favorite chickpea pasta I have been loving this pasta because it has protein and is much more filling than traditional pasta.

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Fresh garlic, onions and olive oil are staples in my kitchen. I’m convinced that if you have these three ingredients, you can make any meal taste delicious. Just like this one!

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I don’t personally love dark meat, but I think this could be a great dish to try with chicken thighs. The dark meat would also add some more flavor.

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Brown Butter Cream Sauce with Chicken

  • Servings: 4
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 1/2 cup white wine (such as pinot grigio)
  • 3/4 – 1 cup unsalted chicken broth
  • 1/2 heavy cream
  • 1 tsp gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • fresh sage

Directions

  • Season chicken with salt, pepper and garlic and cut into bite sized pieces
  • Melt butter in olive oil over medium heat then add onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add chicken to the same pan, browning on both sides and cooking through, about 10 minutes.
  • Deglaze the pan with white wine and let it reduce by about half.
  • Mix-in flour, chicken broth and heavy cream. Continue stirring until sauce thickens (you can add more flour if you would like a heavier, thicker sauce)
  • Add garlic and frozen peas, stirring occasionally until peas have cooked through
  • Stir in fresh sage
  • Serve over your favorite pasta

 

Disclaimer: I am participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. All opinions/recommendations are my own.

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Valentine’s Gift Guide for Cooking Lovers

Valentine’s Day. Some hate it, some love it. I am somewhere in between. Do you know how the holiday originated? I didn’t until recently. If you keep reading, I will share what I learned along with a holiday gift guide.

On February 15th, the Romans celebrated Lupercalia. During this festival of sorts, men and women took part in ‘activities’ that were believed to increase fertility. This celebration eventually became known as a period of both fertility and love. It is believed that the Catholic church disapproved of Lupercalia, but could not put an end to it. Instead, the church named festival after St. Valentine, who was executed on February 14th. Valentine was known for performing marriages in secret for men who were destine for war and forbidden to marry. Later, during the Shakespeare Era, love was emphasized and handmade Valentine’s cards became popular.  Then in 1913, a little company in Missouri began mass producing Valentine’s Day cards….that company was Hallmark (source: NPR and NatGeo).

There you have it folks, Valentine’s day may have some deep rooted history, but I suppose you could say it really is a Hallmark holiday in the U.S. If you chose to celebrate the holiday and embrace what it is about, here are some gift ideas that the home chef in your life will love. 

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

This marble cheese board is similar to one that a friend gave me. It’s pretty and great for entertaining. To keep holiday decor  simple, items like spoons, spatulas and dish towels are perfect. They dress up the kitchen, but are still practical. I also love this mason jar spoon rest. I use a spoon rest every day and love mason jar decor. Recipe boxes are little old school, but hand written recipes are special. My mom gave me a recipe box at my bridal shower filled with recipes from my guest. I love also trying out Ina Garten’s recipes; she’s is one of my favorite chefs to watch on Food Network. Her newest cookbook is all about cooking for her husband! I will be definitely be cooking up a special dinner for my hubby this Valentine’s day, which I am sure will include our favorite bottle of wine. This rose gold wine stopper is a perfect little gift for any wine lovers you know too.

If you have been following my blog and  Instagram account you probably already know that I am in love with my Le Creuset Dutch oven. I have seriously gotten so much use out of it since it was gifted to me in October. This is definitely a major purchase, but a great idea for someone who loves to cook. They come in a lot of fun colors too.  Pink or red would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Another great gift idea for your valentine who loves to cook is a class at Sur la Table. I have take a few classes there and think they’re so much fun. They usually schedule classes a few months in advance and they offer specific ‘date night’ classes {or ‘girl’s night’ for your galentine}.

Disclaimer: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. All opinions/recommendations are my own.

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